MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau)- How many more lives must be sacrificed before the people would act and put an end to violence in the society? This was the message of Senator Leila de Lima on the observace of Dr. Jose Rizal day today in the Philippines. Rizal is the country’s national hero.
The lady senator, a harsh critic of President Rodrigo Durtete, likened herself to the national hero, saying, “Mamamatay akong hindi man lang makikita ang ninging ng bukang-liwayway sa aking Bayan.” (I will die without seeing the break of day in my country.) It was actually a quote from Rizal’s famous book, “Noli Me Tangere:” (Touch Me Not).
“Just like Rizal was persecuted for his defiance of the abuses of the Spanish colonizers, I am being persecuted for my lone defiance of the abuses of the Duterte administration. I have been called names, accused of all sorts of things, tried in public and threatened with imprisonment, and I suspect even death,” the senator said.
“And just like Rizal, I will not be touched and if I die, I will die a hero. I have even been given an award in the United States for standing up to Duterte. That must mean something as far as heroism is concerned.”